Fewer barriers for rail, road and water traffic

Published on 25 February 2019

Five Dutch provinces and the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Transport will jointly improve the cross-border passenger and goods transport by road, rail and water.

Work agenda on mobility and traffic shared by 5 provinces and North Rhine-Westphalia

The partners want to eliminate the barriers for cross-border transport as much as possible and to stimulate the development of (European) corridors to strengthen the leading position of the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia in logistics as well as in labour mobility and tourism. In the coming years, the Dutch and German partners will work on simplifying and expediting regional cross-border express cycle lanes, bus and rail connections, and on international rail connection, such as between Amsterdam-Frankfurt and Amsterdam-Berlin. In addition, the partners want to use European subsidies to improve the facilities for inland shipping and road transport.

That has become clear from the work agenda signed on Monday 25 February 2019 during a work visit to Zwolle by the regional ministers involved - Conny Bieze (Gelderland), Eric Geurts (Limburg), Christophe van der Maat (Noord-Brabant), Bert Boerman (Overijssel), Floor Vermeulen (Zuid-Holland) and Minister Hendrik Wüst (North Rhine-Westphalia).

Regional Minister Floor Vermeulen: “Cross-border cooperation on the improvement of road, rail and water transport is very important to the port of Rotterdam. We are working on this in collaboration with North Rhine-Westphalia and 4 other provinces”

Exchanging Knowledge

The most frequently used mode of transport between the Netherlands and Germany is still by road. To facilitate this, knowledge exchange on the smart use of information on road work and traffic information is one of the main activities. In addition, pilots are being run on either side of the border with various forms of transport and sustainability. By sharing knowledge, these pilots can more easily be applied in a larger area. The partners exchange among other things their experiences with new mobility solutions such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS). They are also collaborating in the research of alternative fuels for all modes of traffic.

Station Zwolle as an example

The developments regarding the second rail hub in the Netherlands, The Zwolle Rail Zone, are an excellent example of the agreements made between the Dutch and German partners. Work is in progress in the station’s area to improve and expand the infrastructure for trains, buses and bicycles, the electrification of public transport and more bicycle parking. Projects that could also serve as an example in the border regions. The partners are also looking into the possibilities of extending the Munster-Enschede connection to Zwolle.

By signing the work agenda, the partners are taking the next steps this year in mobility and traffic that stimulate the entire region.